Two New Rochelle High School students, Jermaine McCleod, 19, and Rashad Simpson,17 were arraigned Friday in New York State Supreme Court in White Plains on two counts each of Attempted Armed Robbery - 2nd Degree and Attempted Grand Larceny - Fourth Degree. The pair are alleged to have confronted a student in the hallways at New Rochelle High School, indicated they had a weapon and demanded the student's wallet. When the student refused and attempted to walk away, Simpson moved to block the way of the student, preventing him from leaving. The incident ended when a school district employee happened upon the scene.
Temporary orders of protection were issued in favor of the victim. No next court date has been set.
The incident occurred on February 9th, just a day after McCleod had been caught stealing money from a cash register at the school cafeteria. McCleod and Simpson are well-known to police and prosecutors.
McCleod who resides at 110 Horton Avenue has been in the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla, NY since his arrest.
High resolution video tape evidence of the crime was destroyed by school officials, according to sources familiar with the case. These same sources tell Talk of the Sound that New Rochelle Security Director Bruce Daniele failed to properly identify the two suspects despite his familiarity with the pair. Daniele has also asserted that Rolf Kohler intervened at the time of the incident on February 9, 2011 when a source who viewed the high resolution video identified the person at Werner Graefe, the school locksmith.
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